The Hispanic Neighborhoods of Fort Collins
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The Tres Colonias and the Holy Family neighborhoods are on the North side of Fort Collins.
The Museo del las Tres Colonias is in Andersonville, on the east side of Fort Collins, as the site of what was once a sugar beet factory.
"three colonies" are Alta Vista, Buckingham and Andersonville, but they
aren't the only historic Latino neighborhood in Fort Collins: the area
north of the Holy Family Church is also a long-time residence of
Las Tres Colonias was originally settled by Germans and Russian immigrants; the Holy Family Neighborhood
was first settled by African-Americans. The residents of both
neighborhoods are presently predominantly of Mexican-American descent.
"In the video, Mi Gente,
a local resident expressed, 'Most of these Hispanic neighborhoods are
literally on the other side of the tracks. For many residents of this
neighborhood, living on the other side of the tracks was simply a
geographical quirk; for others, no doubt, it has been a state of mind
as well.'" (City of Fort Collins Video, 1996)
For an extensive overview of these neighborhoods and their history and architectural development, go to the Fort Collins History Connection.
Also, the materials collected in the History
section of this website provide an extensive look at the economic and
social justice aspects. Of particular interest in the History section
is the survey "Hang Your Wagon to a Star," which provides an extensive historical overview of the creation and settlement of these neighborhoods.